27 January 2005.
The day will mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of
the opportunity to remember those who suffered and died during the
Holocaust, as well as those still living with its consequences, and
to reflect on the contemporary lessons to be learned.
The national commemoration, organised in association with the BBC,
will be the climax of a number of local events in London and
throughout the UK.
Home secretary David Blunkett said:
'London has a proven commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and I am
confident that the 2005 commemoration next January will build
successfully on the inspiring events of the previous memorial days.
'Holocaust Memorial Day is vitally important for the whole nation,
not just so we remember those who were abused and murdered by the
Nazis, but to encourage us to take a critical look at the world today
and challenge racism and intolerance head on.
'With its theme of 'survivors, liberation and rebuilding lives' this
event offers an opportunity for us to hear victims recall their
experiences, reflect on how our society treated them and listen to
what they can tell us that applies equally well to the world today.
As many people as possible, especially our young people, need to take
this opportunity to listen to these survivors, pay our respects to
them and learn from what they have to say.'
The home secretary also announced that Wales had been chosen to host
Holocaust Memorial Day 2006.
The first minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan, said:
'Wales will be h>the conclusion of the conference the heads of the delegations
unanimously agreed to sign the Declaration of the Stockholm Forum. As
a part of Holocaust Memorial Day, the principles of the Declaration
have been adapted into a seven-point Statement of Commitment as a
benchmark for understanding the aims and objectives of the day.
4. The first Holocaust Memorial Day was held on 27 January 2001 with
the national commemoration in London. Subsequent national events have
been hosted by Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. The date is
significant as it was on that day in 1945 that the former Nazi
extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. In 2005 it
will be the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
5. Details of the national event in London on 27 January and
associated events across the rest of the UK will be made available on
the Holocaust Memorial Day website at
www.holocaustmemorialday.gov.uk. Details of events and press releases
will be posted as they are announced, in the lead up to Holocaust
Memorial Day in January.